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The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: Renaissance to Revolution, 1492-1792by Jeremy Black
Synopses & Reviews
The three centuries following the discovery of the New World was a period of unprecedented global expansion, spearheaded by the lusty armies of the imperial European powers. This volume of The Cambridge Illustrated Atlases of Warfare is a lively and elaborately illustrated study of warfare during the early modern period, ranging from the European Renaissance to the American Revolution. Unique color maps and authoritative text illuminate the major military and naval developments that characterized the period. Feature boxes describe key events, important military confrontations, individual tacticians, battle strategies and weapons. Throughout, the author pays particular attention to the effects of European military expansion on the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean. This comprehensive and accessible book about a fascinating and important period will appeal to war buffs and historians alike.
Book News Annotation:
The atlas's elegant design and color illustrations make global war history palatable in appeal to military and naval historians, and more casual students. Covering the period 1492-1792 Black (history, U. of Durham) introduces a global overview of battles, weaponry, military strategy, and fighting techniques. Over 90 maps and battle plans help to illustrate where events were overflowing in the world during any given period.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: Renaissance to Revolution provides a thorough introduction to the military and naval history of the years 1492 to 1792, covering the period from the European Renaissance to the revolutionary wars of the late eighteenth century. Detailed colour maps, battle plans, and colour and black and white illustrations combine with an authoritative text to illuminate developments in warfare on both land and sea. Particular attention is paid to the effects of European military expansion on the rest of the world including the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean. Special feature boxes are deveoted to key events, to the more complicated and intriguing military confrontations and individual tacticians, and to key topics such as weapons, battle strategies, the rise of naval warfare, and the composition of armies.
A thorough introduction to the military and naval history of the years 1492 to 1792.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The basis of military power; 2. Warfare in the wider world, 1490-1700; 3. Warfare in Europe, 1492-1600; 4. Warfare in Europe, 1600-1680; 5. Warfare in Europe, 168-1740; 6. Warfare in Europe, 1700-1792; 7. Warfare in the wider world 1700-1792; Conclusion: world military power in 1792; Glossary; Further reading; Timeline; Picture credits; Index.
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